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Review of the Altaya collection “Blindés de Combat” still not released at UK by DeAgostini.

nº21 – Altaya – M20 Armoured Utility Car

6th Cavalry Regiment – Germany 1945.

Technical Details
4 Crew.
1 M2 – 12.7mm
560Km range.

The M20 is a variant of the M8 Greyhound, with the turret replaced with a low armored open-topped superstructure and an anti-aircraft ring mount for a .50-in M2 heavy machine gun. It was used mainly for command purpose and forward reconnaissance tasks.

Ford produced around 3,680 units during years 1943 and 1944.

The Altaya model don’t make a favor tho this nice vehicle, all details are very basic, the MG, the interior detail and so. The rough aerials don’t contribute at all to beautify the model, so this is not the best in the collection.

Maybe after so many Altaya models in our hands we are tired to see same basic detail and problems in all the models. Their good points are just a few, while poor points are a well bunch. Better options for this vehicle are available in the market, they are expensive, it’s true, but the difference in the quality is also very appreciable.

nº23 – Pz.Bef.Wg. V Panther Ausf. G

116.Pz.Div. Germany 1945

Technical Details
5 Crew.
1 KwK 42 L/70 75mm
1/2 MG 34 – 7.92mm
200Km Range

Panther are one of the most recognizable tanks of the Second World War, and one of the best tanks employed in the conflict.
We have seen others Altaya Panthers in the old Panzer Collection, and this one haven’t any noticeable novelty.

Camouflage scheme is good, but details aren’t so good. All the tools in the hull, the aerials, and so, are very basic.

nº19 – Altaya – Ixo – M-10 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion

1st Armored Division Anzio (Italy) 1944

Technical Details
5 Crew.
1 M7 76.2mm
1 M2HB 3 – 7.62mm
300Km Range

More Ataya’s models !!
The M10 are a well know family of tank destroyers. The model depicted here is a not bad one, although some details are quite basic as usually we see in this collection.

The camouflage pattern it’s a nice one, the more easy is to paint this vehicle all Green, so this variation is welcome. The odds, the interior detail, the MG’s and the aerial.

There is some options to get this model in 1/72 scale, not only in sets to built, also more diecast options are available. Hobby Master haves no less of 10 version for this vehicle, the most similar to the showed here is this and the quality is quite better. You can take a look to the rest of the Hobby Master models here.

nº22 – Altaya IXO – MCV 80 Warrior

7th Armoured Brigade Iraq 2003

Technical Details.
3 Crew + 7 Transported
1 L21A1 Rarden 30mm
1MG 7.62mm
650Km Range

Well, it has been some long since our last update of the Altaya Collection, we will resume our publishing activities during this year, we promise it.

The Warrior tracked armoured vehicle is a family designed long time ago, during 70’s. Of course it has received several updates in this time and has seen action in all the latest conflicts were the Bitish army has been involved, such the Iraq invasion in 2003, has the concrete model depicted by Altaya. More updated has come since 2003 and still more are planned for the future, so seems that this family will be in service many more years. You can learn some more in the WikiPedia.

Some details don’t look specially good, as usual, the aerials are too thick and paint work is nothing special. A collectors piece, and why not, usable for some modern wargame.
Revell and Trumpeter have this vehicle in their ranges, if you prefer to built up yourself.

nº29 – Altaya – IXO 3.7cm Flak 43 Auf (Sf) s WS

Panzer Division “Müncheberg” Germany – March 1945

Technical Details
3 Crew
1 Flak 43 37mm
300Km Range

Another of the quick German solutions to increase the anti-air protection of their units, mounting Flak guns over almost any capable platform.
This one is a Flak43 of 37mm, mounted in a 5Ton Chassis, the same issued to the Panzerwerfer 42. Most of this tractor were issued not armoured, just as tractors, but since 1944 some of them were issued with armoured cabs.
The Flak43 was a very capable weapon, firing at a 250 rounds per minute. Mounted in this platform it was capable to fire in a -9º to 90º elevation and traverse 360º. His range was between 6500 – 4800 metres, depending of the shell type used.

Altaya’s model, as usual, comes in fixed transport mode. This one don’t looks specially good, although the quality is the IXO standard the Flak itself looks pretty bad. Even this, the basket used to collect fired shells looks good.

It’s not a very common subject in our scale, but a high quality ones can be found in the MACO range.

nº28 – Altaya – IXO – B-4 M1931 203mm Howitzer

2nd Baltic Front – Kurland (URSS) – Spring 1945

Technical Details
15 Crew.
203mm.

This monster of 19Tons needed around 15 men for firing service. It was capable to fire high explosive shells of 98,8 Kg with a range of around 18Km. Around 871 units were built and after the war it was modified to fire nuclear shells. It was in service until 70’s, when was replaced by the M1975, also 203mm.
Firing rate was low, about 1 round per 2 minutes but their destruction capability was awesome. It was deployed at Front level, and was issued specifically to destroy fortifications, bunkers and urban areas.

Altaya’s model show the usual quality of the brand, model is fixed in transport mode although the gun elevation works. There isn’t any special bad feature, maybe the worst of the model are the tracks.
Camouflage pattern is a very late war one, also used after war.
As other times, i must said that this kind of models (guns, light vehicles) looks quite well, while some of the tanks of the collection have a very bad looking and low quality details.

Again, this one is a very exclusive model in our scale, none of the major plastic manufacturers have it on their ranges, and at this moment we don’t know any metal or resin manufacturer doing it, a “big” budget in the market.
Our big brothers of the 1/35 scale can found it in the Trumpeter range.

nº13 – Altaya – IXO – DeAgostini: Panhard EBR-75 FL 11

Panhard EBR-75 FL 11 – 1er REC Légion Étrangère Algeria 1957.

Technical Details
4 crew
One 75mm SA-50 gun.
105 Km/h on road, 65 Km/h off road.
3 7,5mm MG.

The Panhard was the first French reconnaissance vehicle post world war II, with a characteristic 8 rad train and a 75mm gun in a FL-11 turret.
Two central wheels were totally metallic, and commonly were elevated, used only in sandy or mud terrains.
Initial version were equipped with a FL-10 turret and a SA-49 75mm gun, but upon 1954 it was upgraded to the FL-11 turret, the same used by the AMX-13 light tank.
Lately, in 1963, a new gun was installed in the FL-11 turret, a F2 90mm gun.
As the German world war two reconnaissance vehicles they was equipped with two drivers positions, so it was capable to change direction at any moment.

Around 1200 units were manufactured, sawing service in Alger or Angola, used by Portuguese troops, which acquired 50 units.

Some different versions were manufactured for personal transport or even an AA prototype, armed with 2 30mm guns.

The Panhard series were replaced upon 1977, by the new AMX-10 RC vehicle.

Overall aspect of the model is quite correct, a best looking one in the collection, although as always with the simplified and basic detail provided by Altaya.

nº12 – Altaya – IXO – DeAgostini Sd. Kfz. 124 Wespe

Altaya – IXO – Sd. Kfz. 124 Wespe SS-Pz.Gren.Div Wiking Kharkov (USSR) 1943

Technical Details
5 Crew
40 Km/h on road 25 Km/h off road.
1 FH18M 105mm
1 MG 34 7,92mm

Based on the Pz.II Ausf.F chassis, this self propelled artillery vehicle was manufactured since February 1943 to Summer 1944, around 682 units were manufactured and they saw service until the end of the war.
It was capable to transport 32 shells with an effective range of 8.400m.
In March 1945 still were 307 units in service. First units saw service during the Kursk battle, in the 1943 summer.

One of the problems of this vehicle was the open turret, which was always a problem for the crew. Also the limited space available to load and aim the gun.
Although this model could belong to the Panzer collection it is from the newest Armour collection ones.

As always Altaya’s quality is not the best available in Diecast world, but anyway it’s a nice model, showing an interesting camouflage pattern. Interior detail is quite basic and simplified, also the gun itself is not the best part, all made in plastic.
A bit misunderstanding between the base plate and the issue, while base talk about a vehicle for Karkhov 1943 (After Stalingrad disaster) the issue talk about Kursk 43, where the Wiking was deployed as reserve.

nº07 – DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO Dukw 353

Altaya IXO Dukw 353 U.S.Marine Corps Iwo Jima (Japan) 1945

Technical Details
2 Crew.
Range 640Km, 93Km in the water.
1 MG M2 12,70mm
It can reach 10 Km/h in the water.

This amphibious artefact was developed over a GMC 353 truck. It had an important role in all the amphibious operation of the U.S. army. In Pacific and European theatre. A large number were involved in operation such Normandy or Iwo Jima, which is the choice of Altaya to depict here, a vehicle in service for the U.S Marine Corps. More than 29000 units were built, some of them to saw service in French, English or Australian armies, and about 585 units saw service in the Soviet Union army during WWII.
Most of them wasn’t armed but some units haves a heavy machine gun M2 12,70mm. It was capable to transport 12 infantry men or 2,3 load tons.
French army used them during Indochina conflict, and British used them on Malaysia and Borneo in the 60th’s. U.S. Army also used them during Korea conflict and even some of them properly maintained still work in recreational functions.

Altaya’s model is quite good this time, nice camouflage and good average detail, in the Altaya’s range. Don’t forget these models are quite cheap than other Diecast’s manufacturers, and Altaya is presenting a lot of models never did in Diecast World and 1/72 scale. Dinky and Solido also haves a Dukw in their range, but not in 1/72 scale.

nº08 – DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO AMX 30 Roland

DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO AMX 30 Roland 57e Régiment de Artillerie Antiaérien – Marne (France)

Technical details
Crew: 3.
Double Roland missile system.
Range 550 Km.

Another specialized vehicle based on the chassis of the AMX-30 French tank, by the moment, the second in the collection, after the AMX AU F-1. In this case is an anti-air defence vehicle, equipped with the Roland missile system. It have capability to transport 8 missile, capable to beat target at a range of 6300 meters, flying with an altitude between 20 and 5.500 meters (low cote planes). Missile can reach Match 1,6 and it can beat targets flying at 1,3 Match.
Around 183 units were manufactured since 1977, some of them has seen service in countries such Spain, Niger or Qatar.

Altaya’s model depict a French service vehicle, with the typical NATO 3 colours camouflage scheme. Once again, it is not the best than we have seen from Altaya. Specially the missile’s tubes and radar, moulded in plastic, and the too thick arrays, which not contribute to the overall good looking of the vehicle.

nº06 – Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz.252 + Sd.Anh.3 1/1

Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz.252 + Sd.Anh.3 1/1 StuG.Abt 210 Smolensk (USSR) 1941

Technical Details
2 crew
350Km range, 200Km off road.
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)

This half track was designed to ammunition StuG assault guns. It is a variant of the well know Sd.Kfz.250. Approximately 413 units were manufactured until September 1941, when they were replaced by the Sd.Kfz.250/6, with similar capabilities and a lower production cost. Due his limited transport capabilities it was complemented with Anh.31/1 trailer. This vehicle had similar mobility capabilities than the vehicles they must ammunition, and enough armour against infantry common weapons.

This time Altaya’s model just achieve an approved, neither camouflage or detail looks pretty well, but is an interesting model, because isn’t common on this scale, and still less common in Diecast world. It could be included in the past Panzer collection, but it belongs to the newest armour ones.

nº09 – Altaya IXO Bedford QL + 6Pdr. AT Gun

Bedford QL + 6Pdr. AT Gun 1st Armoured Division, 8th army – Egypt 1941.

Technical Details
2 Crew
1 Ordenance QF 6-pounder (57mm)
Range 250 Km.

This issue is again for a World War II vehicle, the well know Bedford QL and the not less well know 6Pdr. AT Gun.

The Bedford truck was manufactured in a large number of specialized version of all kinds. More than 50000 units were built during the conflict. It remains in service largely until de late 50’s when they were replaced by the RL series. Some specialized versions still remain in service until 1970’s.

The QF 6pdr gun was also largely produced, even was adopted by U.S. army with the 57 mm Gun M1 designation. Was the main AT gun in the middle World War II. One of the odds it comes in a fixed transport mode, as usually Altaya do with guns.

nº05 – Altaya IXO M41A3 Walker Bulldog

Altaya IXO M41A3 Walker Bulldog 4th Cavalry 25th Infantry Division – Thailand 1962.

Technical Details
4 crew.
1 M32 76mm.
1 M2 12,70 mm + 1 7,6 mm.

The M41 series was developed during 50’s , being the light U.S. Army tank during next two decades, replacing the M24 Chaffee. It takes his name from the General Walton Walker, who died during Korea’s conflict.
The tank had a little envelop during Korea’s conflict, where it arrives without previous testing, so it was tested during the conflict.
It was exported to several countries, some of them maintain it in service until our days, and the most important was probably the Vietnam Republican, where it saw action during the famous conflict.

Altaya’s model depict the A3 version, which was modified to injection fuel engines.
This time, model is quite bad, all the details over the turret and chassis looks pretty ugly, the gun is in a very low position and fixed, and the aerial are too thick. The worst model of the collection until now.

nº04 – Altaya IXO B1 Centauro

Altaya IXO B1 Centauro Reggimento “Niza Cavalleria (1º)” Egypt 2002

Technical details:
4 crew
10to Melara (105/52mm)
2 MG3 , 7,62mm
Range 800 Km.

Centauro is a powerful antitank vehicle with high tactical reconnaissance capabilities due his mobility. It was designed from 1991 and end delivering to Italian army due 2006.
His fire power is similar to a Leopard I tank and it’s aimed with common modern features to fire, aim target , NBC warfare protection and more. It has proved his value in conflicts such Iraq and also have been delivered to other countries like Spain.

Altaya’s model have an acceptable quality, although this first entries for the collection remember me the first ones from the Panzer Collection, less quality than the latest ones. The worst the painted details on the hull.

nº03 – Altaya IXO PanzerHaubitze 2000

Altaya IXO PanzerHaubitze 2000
Beob.Pz.Art.Btl. 345 Kusel (Germany) 2002

Technical Details:
5 crew
1 Obus L52 155mm
1 MG3 (7,62mm)
Range 420 Km.

This self propelled artillery vehicle is more modern than the AMX AU F1 recently reviewed.
It is Germany designed, based in the Leopard 2 chassis. It’s construction was authorized in 1996, to equip the German reaction forces.

It can fire 3 projectile in 9 seconds, or 10 in a minute, but this rate overheat the gun, so can’t be maintained.
The load system is totally automatic, in 12 minutes their 60 projectile capacity can be reloaded. Conventional munition can achieve 30Km range, and munition rocket assisted can achieve 40Km.
Its sophisticated fire control system can fire simultaneously 5 projectile in the same place, varying angle and fire charge.

Greece, Netherlands and Italy also have this vehicle in their arsenal. Recently they have been deployed in Afghanistan by Netherlands forces.

The Altaya’s model has an average good quality, chassis is made in metal and turret and accessory are made in plastic. This model isn’t in other Diecast manufacturers. Camouflage is the typical NATO ones in three colours, we can observe differences in his interpretation with the French AMX AU F1.

nº02 – Altaya IXO AMX AU F-1

Altaya IXO AMX AU F-1
3e Régiment d’Artillerie de Marine. Canjuers (France) 1997

Technical Details:
4 Crew.
1 Obus 155mm.
1 x 12,70 mm
Range 550Km.

This self propelled artillery vehicle was designed based on the AMX 30 (Ateliers de Construction d’Issy-les-Moulineaux 30 Tons) tank chassis during 70’s, entering service in French army in 1979.

It has an automatic charge system capable to fire 8 rounds/minute or 6 in 45 seconds. It takes around 2 minutes to achieve fire position, and 1 to go travelling again. Can fire at a maximum 29 Km range for high explosive charges. It also entering service in Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabian armies.

Altaya/DeAgostini presents this new collection following what they did with the Panzer Collection. Good models for their price, and many of them, unique in Diecast World.
Chassis is made in metal and turret and details in plastic.
Model has no major faults and presents the classic NATO camouflage in three colours.
Those vehicles have been seen recently in service in Libano , ex-Yugoslavia and first Iraq conflicts.

nº01 – Altaya – IXO M16 MGMC

Altaya – IXO M16 MGMC

Finally i bought the first issue of this new collection (new at Spain and other countries, in France it was released two years ago). I think in other countries as UK it have been released by De Agostini.

This new collection is more of the same. Same quality, same price. Not comparable to other Diecast manufacturers , but cheapest. The best of the collection the fascicle, but by 10€ each, better to buy some good book. I think it’s the only model i will buy from this collection.Too many space needed for this poor quality.

By the way, model + fascicle have a good price (at least at Spain , 10€) for their quality.

The worst of this concrete model the non-alignment of the machine guns, and the fixed position of the trailer.

These pictures are taken in a new place, But still i have some problems to take good pictures, although my photography knowledge and quality of my cameras are not my best. There are pictures from two different cameras, see how colour change.


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